Pubs and bars across the country are preparing themselves for an invasion of “smirting”. This is the combination of flirting and smoking that has taken the Irish Republic by storm since the ban smoking in public places two years ago. Smokers gather outside pubs sharing a cigarette and romancing. Scots could be next to embrace smirting with a ban on smoking in public places due to become law on March 26. The Times 11/03/06 page 37